Uses of the imperfect subjunctive

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Uses of the imperfect subjunctive

Reminder: there are two different ways of conjugating the imperfect subjunctive.

No sab铆a que fuera/fuese necesario.

I didn't know that it was necessary.

We use the imperfect subjunctive:

  • after the conditional to express a wish, or after the normal imperfect when the action it describes happens at the same time or later.

Me gustar铆a que cantaras en mi boda.

I would like you to sing at my wedding. 

Ella querr铆a que fuese a su fiesta.

She would like me to go to her party.

  • after an opinion verb (creer, pensar, saber, etc.) only when it is negative and expresses either a hypothesis or past event. 

No cre铆a que el tren llegara por la noche.

I didn't believe the train would arrive at night.

No pensaba que Pablo estuviera en Madrid.

She didn't think Pablo was in Madrid.

No sab铆a que pudieras saltar tan alto.

I didn't know you could jump so high.

  • to be polite

Quisiera una taza de t茅, por favor.

I would like a cup of tea, please. (Yes, am English. How did you guess?)

  • after como s铆 (as though/if)

Has luchado como si fueras un campe贸n.

You fought as though you were a champion.

  • to describe requests in the past

Ayer, Marta me dijo que cerrase la puerta.

Yesterday, Marta told me to close the door. 

Siempre ped铆a que trajera el peri贸dico.

She always asked me to bring the newspaper.

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